This season has been a disappointment for the Miami Dolphins after making the playoffs last year. The team has a lot to do this off season and needs to bring in more talent, but this season has had some positives, such as the emergence of Kenyan Drake at running back and improved play of cornerback Xavien Howard. I’ve always been a believer in the improvement from year 1 to year 2 being important.
The last month of the season, I’ve seen improvement in wide receiver Jakeem Grant. Grant has been used quite a bit more in the rotation of receivers. The last few weeks he’s been making plays. Against the New England Patriots he caught a 33yd touchdown in which he out jumped taller corner Malcom Butler and yesterday against the Kansas City Chiefs he took a wide receiver screen and turned it into a 66 yard touchdown. Grant is turning into a play maker on offense despite his lack of size.
When he was drafted a year ago out of Texas Tech, Grant was drafted to be a kick returner and being involved in the offense was secondary because of his lack of size only 5’7″ tall , but blazing fast. Grant wasn’t great as a kick returner because he had problems catching the ball and was only used on gadget plays on offense, but this off season Grant worked on catching the ball and also worked on his route running to help him on offense. The results are now starting to pay off as the season ends and it’s possible the Dolphins have found themselves a play maker on offense for next year. Kenny Stills and Jarvis Landry have been the most consistent receivers the last two years, while DeVante Parker has been disappointing and 2nd year wide receiver Leonte Carroo has struggled to get on the field and when on the field hasn’t contributed much. Grants emergence has been a positive to end the season and perhaps could take another step on offense next year to help this offense.